Old 10-23-04, 07:02 AM
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relating to my prior post...

I am planning to rip up everything down to the joists, put down new subfloor, then either a laminant or pre-finished HW.

1. For my balcony, do the stairnosings butt up against the floating floor or are the raised to allow for the floor movement, or do you have to use a t-trim in between the two??

2. Attaching the bannister to the floor rather than the stairnose... would that not inhibit the floor from "floating"??

3. For the stairs, use the flooring or buy wood treads and stain them to match?

Old 10-24-04, 09:50 PM
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Laminate balcony

My recommendation is to go with solid, prefinished hardwood flooring. That will give you a sturdy floor that is nailed to the floor and would eliminate any problems with laminate. Solid hardwood flooring is a better investment. Stairnose butts up against hardwood flooring. Attach bannister to wood floor rather than stairnose for a more sturdy installation. Check to make sure if your stairs will accommodate new 3/4" treads and risers. If not, then flooring and stairnose can be used.

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